[Needs to be updated, listed in reverse chronological order]
The Dumpster Project (2007)– This was a project identified by the youth to address problems related to public works management and waste disposal in their community. Six S3 youth leaders partnered with three community activists to form youth/adult teams. The teams gathered to address various aspects of the project, including communicating with town officials, documenting waste disposal problems and issues through multimedia and interviews, and organizing the community for action. This ongoing campaign has revealed challenges for developing youth/adult partnerships in civic engagement projects and surfaced power dynamics in the Chapel Hill political/institutional structure that have informed other S3 campaigns.
The Trinity Court/Pritchard Park Street Festival (2008)– This project brought two communities together to organize a festival encouraging positive youth engagement and highlighting the positive assets of its residents. To accomplish this, two S3 youth leaders mapped the idea for the festival using tools learned at the KLCC training in Boston. All of the youth leaders met weekly with adult residents and community activists to plan the festival. The youth and the residents engaged town officials, including the chief of police, who was persuaded to visit the community and discuss the communities concerns with policing approaches in the neighborhood.
Sharing the Mantel: A Conference on Collective Leadership Models for Youth and Adult Partnerships (2009)– From November 2008 through April 2009, S3 youth leaders teamed up with students from Duke Univeristy and UNC to plan a spring conference on multi-generational coalition building. On January 10, 2009, the youth leaders helped to plan and execute a pre-conference to identidy issues which needed addressing prior to the actual conference. From January to April 2009, the youth leaders networked with other youth groups from around the country (D.C.; Jackson, MS; Tennessee) to build capacities.